ODU Women's Soccer Announces 2008 Schedule
May 29, 2008
NORFOLK, Va. - Just one year removed from a CAA Championship, head coach Joe Pereira's veteran group will face a tough non-conference schedule and a grueling road slate in conference action. The marquee matchup will be Atlantic Coast Conference's North Carolina State, returning a game from a year ago to Norfolk on Sunday, September 21st as the final non-conference game of the season for ODU. The Lady Monarchs will open the 2008 season with three straight on the road, including newcomer to the schedule High Point University, the 2007 Big South Champions.
The Old Dominion women's soccer team faces a challenge right out of the gates in 2008 as they start the season on the road for three straight games. Two of the three teams are defending conference champs in High Point (Big South) and Loyola College (MAAC). The two games sandwich a game in Washington, D.C. against George Washington University, who won five of seven non-conference games a year ago.
The Lady Monarchs will then come home for five of the next six games, kicked off with a pair against Liberty and Elon the first weekend of September. Liberty returned to the Big South Tournament but was stopped shy of their third straight title game appearance by Winthrop. After Elon, back on the schedule after a year break, ODU travels across the state to face Radford University, to whom ODU has never lost. Radford returns four of their top five scorers from a year ago.
The final two non-conference games of the season will be a true test for ODU as they host Akron for the first matchup in program history and NC State. Akron will be part of a doubleheader with the men's team, who host Bryant University immediately following the women's game. The Zips return all three of their top scorers, but will lose senior First Team All-MAC goalkeeper Krystin Wilson, who averaged 1.02 goals against last season, never leaving goal for Akron. The Wolfpack return a game to Norfolk after the teams played to a 1-1 tie a year ago in Cary. The ACC foe was a force in non-conference action a year ago, unbeaten in eight of nine contests on the year.
The Colonial Athletic Association season will give Old Dominion a test as three of the first four games are on the road, as well as the final three to end the regular season. The four home games in the middle of the season will be no walk in the park, either, as they face the No. 2, 3, and 4 seeds from the 2007 CAA Championship. The CAA season for Old Dominion will open on September 26th at home against Georgia State. They then travel to UNC Wilmington on Sunday, September 28th and the following weekend make the Drexel-Delaware road trip. The Lady Monarchs will then host Hofstra, Northeastern, James Madison and VCU in the middle of October before traveling to Towson, George Mason and finally, defending CAA Champions William & Mary to end the regular season.
The CAA Tournament will begin on Tuesday, November 4th at a location to be announced. The Lady Monarchs won the program's first ever CAA Championship in 2006.
The 2008 team will return nine starters, including the two leading scorers from the 2006 Championship run. Katie Watson returns after taking a year off with a heel injury and Shavon Knight returns to action after missing the latter portion of 2007 with an ACL injury. The two combined for 64 points (26 goals, 12 assists) in 2006. ODU will also return 13 other letterwinners, most of whom have championship experience for the Lady Monarchs. Head coach Joe Pereira has guided his team to an average of 12 wins a season over the last three years and will look to return to the CAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years.